Hello! Welcome to “Eventually Week”!
I’ll be honest; I’ve toyed with the idea for this for awhile, mostly because I know that ‘eventually’ is a word that carries strong connotation for a lot of us. For some of us, it’s hope and faith and Booth, all wrapped up in a nice and cocky package. For some of us, the very word ‘eventually’ may be annoying and overused. We might be frustrated with other BONES fans who constantly toss it around and say that everything good points straight toward it. I get both sides; I really do. In the end, I still like it, and these next several days will be my chance to prove it to you. But first…let’s talk words:
Words like ‘symbiosis’ or ‘making love’ or ‘ducks’…sure, they have their own intrinsic meaning, but within the BONES universe, there is also context– to the point where it’s almost clique-ish and jargon. So what’s a new BONES fan to do? I hope this post and this week will help you out a bit.
Below are 25 words or phrases with some definitions and context (in my own words, of course). So here we go…in alphabetical order:
#1. Baby Duck: (n)
A person who imprints himself or herself on another person, usually because of a deep desire to connect. The duck may or may not make mistakes, but can usually find comfort in the ‘wings’ so to speak of the mother/father duck. Depending on the willingness of the ‘parents’, there may be slight levels of annoyance, ignoring. EX: Sweets, to Booth and Brennan (See Man in the Mud, Season Three and Mayhem on a Cross, Season Four for more details).
#2. Breaking the Laws of Physics: (v)
The difference between making love and having crappy sex with a person. Oftentimes also described as ‘a miracle’ or ‘when two people become one’. This also seems an effective method in getting a woman to say that a man is right. EX: Brennan and Booth.
(See Death in the Saddle, Season Three as well as End in the Beginning, Season Four vs. Couple in the Cave, Season Six for more details).
#3. Charm Smile: (n)
The method a man uses to get what he wants. This could include the identification of a murder victim; it could include convincing a woman he loves that she is special; it could also include convincing a woman to fix a man’s back.
Usually has this affect:
(See Superhero in the Alley, Season one as well as Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond and Princess and the Pear, Season Four for more details).
#4. Cocky (adj):
Also known as “Boothy”; this adjective symbolizes a way of life. A “living wide” way of life that includes striped socks, being a free thinking rogue rebel, and looking like this:
Most often found on a belt buckle, most notably as a gift from a woman to the man she most wants. Also can be used to slow down the inevitability of a ticking bomb. (See Man in the Mansion, Season Two, Hero in the Hold, Season Four and Plain in the Prodigy, Season Five for more details.)
#5. Coffee (n):
The excuse used to spend time with the one you love. This can include arriving to her apartment early in the morning and interrupting her when she is with another man. This often stands for the word “relationship” to signify the deep and rich, and sometimes sweetened, stability of a partnership. (See Widow’s Son in the Windshield, Secret in the Soil, Verdict in the Story, all Season Three and Devil in the Details, Season Five for more details.)
#6. “Don’t call me…” (Declarative Statement)
Used to designate resentment toward ownership despite an inevitability. EX: Brennan with her partner, Seeley Booth. She at first tells him not to call her ‘Bones’, but as the series progresses, she calls herself that, using the term to set her apart from his other acquaintances. When Sweets offers to call her that as well, she says no. (See Pilot Episode, Season One, Cinderella in the Cardboard, Fire in the Ice and Princess and the Pear, all Season Four and Foot in the Foreclosure, Season Five for more details).
#7. Egg: (n)
Representative of a mutually and exclusively agreed upon arrangement between two people to keep what is between them theirs.
Also serves as a poor ingredient in meatloaf. (See Night at the Bones Museum, Season Five for more details)
#8. Guy Hugs (n)
A tongue-in-cheek way of physically connecting with a work partner without doing what would be preferred, which is to actually tongue-kiss him/her. Used sparingly, but for effect. Success depends on both parties agreeing not to ever make a big deal out of how good it feels to hug nor the fact that one hugger is in fact not a guy. Success also depends on said guy-hugger not actually hugging any other guy.
#9. Hot Blooded: (adj)
Occasionally referred to as “our song” by Agent Booth, it implies a connection that transcends years and singing ability. Also allows for relaxation of inhibitions on Dr. Brennan’s part. Used to describe two people who have so much sexual tension they could power a small mid-western city. (See Episodes 1-115 for more details).
#10. I don’t know what that means. (Definitive Statement)
Used primarily by Dr. Brennan in situations where she does not in fact know what something means. Or does she? Possible motives include wanting to make Booth feel smarter or to assuage her own curiosity. Phrase can be used by viewers around the world with no shame. Likewise, phrase is used by Agent Booth after kissing Dr. Brennan under the mistletoe (see: STEAMBOATS). Phrase represents a desire to fit in and a use of the brain to do so. (See Pilot, Season One, Santa in the Slush, Season Three and The Parts in the Sum of the Whole, Season Five for more details)
#11. Just… (Qualifier)
Used before “partners”, “mistletoe” or “evidence” to suggest a diminutive in meaning, as in, “it’s merely evidence”. Primarily used by Agent Booth or Dr. Brennan when presented with the popular opinion that nothing between them is “just” anything at all.
(See Secret in the Soil, Season Three, Fire in the Ice, Season Four and Goop on the Girl, Season Five for more details.)
#12. King of the Lab (n)
A superiority; a state of being awesome. Usually crowed at the result of realizing a seemingly impossible answer or solving a case. Commonly attempted but not achieved by graduate level students (see: SQUINTERNS). May or may not include using your boss’s blender or singing near-operas in the lab. (See Wannabe in the Weeds, Season Three and The Shallow in the Deep, Season Six for more details)
#13. Mac & Cheese, Pie, Thai Food, Tequila, Scotch (n)
Methods of subtle seduction and expressions of affection between two partners. Seemingly harmless connections over food that in fact bind two people together better than just about any other thing.
(See Girl with a Curl, Glowing Bones in the Old Stone House, Season Two, Pain in the Heart, Season Three, Bones on a Blue Line and Parts in the Sum of the Whole, Season Five for more details.)
#14. Someday (n)
Used in intimate conversation over a bottle of scotch (see: MAC & CHEESE et al) to describe a vague possibility with concrete certainty. Must be paired with vulnerability and regret, but also optimism. For best results, add a very comfortable couch.
(See Cinderella in the Cardboard for more details)
#15. Someone for Everyone (v)
In this instance, staking a claim; giving confidence to; reassuring. Requires hint of desperation on the part of Agent Booth and gorgeous and recently rejected so increasingly drawn-to-that Dr. Brennan. Paired with the imperative, “You’ve just gotta be open enough to see it” implication. (See Man in the Outhouse, Season Four and Bones on a Blue Line, Season Five for more details.)
#16. Squint/Squintern (n)
Someone who is smarter than you and knows it. May or may not enjoy using terms like diatomaceous earth or molecular restructuring. Usually found in a white lab coat until doctorate degree is received, at which point, blue lab coat is assigned. Known for taking slight verbal abuse from Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth yet remaining loyal (with one exception). (See Pilot Episode, Season One, Intern in the Incinerator, Season Three, Majority of Season Four-Six for more details.)
#17. Steamboats (n)
The duration of time measured whilst Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth must kiss in order to secure
their fate… their sexual compatibility…a Christmas in jail for Max.
May or may not include tongue contact. Usually reduces both parties to inconsistent behavior such as using words like “stuff” or “I don’t know what that means.” Provides side benefits such as gum-sharing and district attorney-shocking. Mistletoe required. (See Santa in the Slush for more details.)
#18. Steel Ovaries (n)
The quality of not taking any crap from any Booth nor any man, particularly in the area of frank sex talk at the dinner table, but also can include in moments of danger. Highly complimentary. Bonus points if Booth blushes. (See Foot in the Foreclosure, Season Five for more details and Killer in the Concrete, Season Two and Hero in the Hold, Season Four as well as Mastodon in the Room, Season Six for examples)
#19. Symbiosis (n)
The close-knit quality of two people in a single life shared. Though normally used to describe parasitic relationships, in this case, Agent Booth and Dr. Brennan ‘feed’ off of one another in order to capture suspects and bring about justice. Also acts as “Word of the Day” or “Common Ground”.
(See Widow’s Son in the Windshield, Season Three and The Bone that Blew, Season Four for more details)
#20. Take Like a Flea (v)
The act of making a partner feel valid and listened to. Invokes reaction of surprise and thankfulness. Demonstrates a level of stability and trustworthiness. In the literal sense, involves spreading the pain on a potential suspect. See: COCKY. (See Mastodon in the Room, Season Six for more details).
#21. The Line (n)
An intangible object meant to separate two people that only serves to bind them closer together on one side of said line. An act of protection on the part of Agent Booth and acceptance and awareness from Dr. Brennan. Reiterated by Dr. Brennan but quickly dismissed, as if the notion of an existing line indicates and somehow proves that desirous feelings must in fact need a line to be separated. May or may not be mildly obsessed over by fans around the world. Can also be referred to as “a door neither of us wants to walk through”.
(See Man in the Cell, Season Two, Secret in the Soil, Season Three and Death of the Queen Bee, Season Five for more details.)
#22. The Standard (n)
An expression of devotion despite existing circumstances. Evidence of faith, hope and love. Not to be confused with “Someone for Everyone”, this noun requires a tiny bit of unrequited-ness, though is usually shared between Dr. Brennan and Agent Booth. (See Predator in the Pool, Season Five and Maggots in the Meathead, Season Six for more details)
#23. Time & Space (n)
An attempt to put a distance between oneself and one’s partner; sometimes successful, sometimes not. Can be split into two separate entities, 1). Time 2). Space.
At times offers humor and at other times sadness. Most often occurs during a time of high vulnerability, causing one partner to reveal previously secretive information.
(See ConMan in the Meth Lab, Season Four and Boy with the Answer, Season Five for more details.)
#24. Translated (v)
The act of being murdered and/or dying; a humorous take. Used primarily as a code word during a funeral, preemptively before stealing dead body away from said funeral. Can inspire shock and awe, and can also lead to charades and admissions of incredible charm.
(See Double Death in the Dearly Departed, Season Four, for more details.)
#25. Village (n)
A representation of ‘everything’ (see: EVENTUALLY WEEK), including but not limited to, children, babies, Venn Diagrams, a shared future, a coy way of pretending at a very real thing (dependence on one another). A good excuse to lean in and make your partner smile.
(See Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Season Five, for more details).
What about the definition for ‘Everything Happens Eventually’, you might ask? Well, that’s what the rest of this week is for! Which words/phrases did I miss? And would you change any of the above definitions?
If this were ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” or if BONES was completely over, I’d say ‘So long & thanks for all the fish’. But this isn’t either of those things, so I’ll just say…
Peace, Love & Bones